Monday, 25 May 2015

Journal progress.

It's been a short term, so it's half term already, but I've been surprisingly productive with my time and painted a lot of dolls and printed a lot of prints, which I'll list in a week. Tomorrow is my birthday- there's an exciting pile of presents in my room to open before I pootle off to the Eden Project on my way to Cornwall.
I'm really interested in the work I'm doing, so it will be hard to take a holiday (well, maybe not that hard), but I will be taking take my journal with me (and a large quantity of pens). It's been a month or so since I made my journal so I thought I'd make a little video thingie to show how many pages I've managed to get through (surprisingly few). Looks like I won't be needing a sketchbook for a while, which is a shame, because I quite like making them.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Sketch book album

Here's another book I made from fake leather (for the cover) and hinged rings.
It has some collector card pockets to keep my instax photos in
And it has various pages in (I have a single hole punch, it helps).
It's a good sort of book for when you need to take pages out and rearrange them, or put them in without gluing, so I often do projects like comics in books like these. I prefer bound books, but find them better for single sketches since I have no ability to plan ahead, and make a lot of mistakes.
I mean, I plan ahead, but the drawings never do what they are told. Besides, this way, you can easily clip in that bit of paper you happened to have on you when you had that really good idea out and about, so I will always have a ring bound project book on the go as well as all the others.




Monday, 11 May 2015

The weekly roundup

This week I printed out a big bunch of positives for printing, did a few sketches of wolves, let the nut colour in my sketchbook at a festival and devalued my nobrow magazines... By cracking open the cellophane.





Friday, 1 May 2015

Happy May!

Happy mayday! Are you celebrating? Hopefully we will tomorrow.

A couple of years ago a girl gave me a whistle on the condition that I teach others how to make may whistles, so here you go, the instruction sheet she gave me. Feel free to teach others! 

Have fun ringing in the summer- and make sure you do it properly.... I need a hot one!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

It's my birthday in a month, so I thought that I would have a little sale at and type in the coupon code: MAYBIRTHDAY to claim 20% off screenprints as your mighty prize.

Here are some of the birthday treats I won't be buying (because bills)

Firstly, a comic. Comics are always good. This one is called 'The Encyclopedia of Early Earth' and I am desperate to read it. That and Nobrow 8 (the hysteria one)

 Also, I am about to suffer the dreadful fate of running out of mini instax film. I always need more instax film, so it's the perfect present. It's odd that no one has ever given me any, really- you could give it to me every year and I'd still be happy. Unless my camera broke, which is a fate worse than running out of film. Let's not think about it.

Next we come to the woeful tale of my plant life. I have to admit my airplant collection did NOT like moving house. Everything but my caput medusae is now firmly dead. I feel terrible. Sorry airplants. I'd like to say I'll never forget you but what I really want to do it buy some more so I can forget I killed you, which is preferable.

 Lastly, another horticultural tragedy is my kumquat, lovingly named death. I bought death about 10 years ago and he has spent the majority of time dying, but never quite achiveing the status (hence the name. Never gave me a single kumquat, the miserable shit. Last year, death had an uncharacteristic growth spurt, and looked verdant and lush yet still strangly fruit free. Close inspection revealed this is because death is no longer a kumquat. His new name is death the bitter orange- the root graft has survived and is growing enormous spikes (he's very bitter) while the kumquat has finally done the honerable thing and kicked the bucket. So I'd like to replace my kumquat too, particularly as I have kept my calamodin orange fighting fit and full of oranges for many years now, so firmly feel that the fault is with death (both the kumquat, and the principle) But anyway, I digress. Coupon code. Use it.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Another new sketchbook

call me addicted but yesterday but here's another new sketchbook (and new decking actually) 

It's important with new sketchbooks to jump right in. Don't dither about. Grab it and make a mark, a good mark or a bad mark, probably not a dialogue about how if you write in this lovely book you will ruin it and so you are writing a formal apology to the book before you get to ruining it. 

My first page is on the second page. This is very good for me. My inability to start at the beginning and finish at the end annoys my friends.

Have you ever doubted the claims that Colgate total makes? There are a lot of them. It's pretty much the cure for everything I think. I might have made the last few up. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

oodles of doodles

I bought this for my small boy. Mostly because I thought if he didn't like it, I'd bind the pages into my own journals. Some of the pages are pretty, when they are not demanding you draw 'sad colours'.

Of course Mr Nut gets around these intrusive instructions by blatantly ignoring them or occasionally doing the exact opposite, unless he approves, of course.

He attitude to art is unspoiled; he has no doubts and just wants to draw on every page of a book as soon as possible. He will joyously scrawl on any available piece of paper without ever worrying about the invisible audience silently judging the quality of the work, or anxiety about filling the book to soon and having to get another book or going too fast and not doing it properly. There's a lot to be learned from that. 

Also, he's written out how to sing the Doctor who theme tune, the greatest piece of music ever written. BOMP.